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See detailDevelopmental and evolutionary aspects of thymic T-cell education to neuroendocrine self
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Abraham, N. G. (Ed.) Molecular biology of hematopoiesis (1996)

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See detailDevelopmental changes in interstitial collagens of fetal rat genital ducts
Paranko, J.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Pelliniemi, L. J.

in Developmental Biology (1986), 113(2), 364-372

The distribution of interstitial collagen types I and III was studied by immunocytochemistry in the mesenchyme of progressing and regressing mesonephric and paramesonephric ducts of male and female rat ... [more ▼]

The distribution of interstitial collagen types I and III was studied by immunocytochemistry in the mesenchyme of progressing and regressing mesonephric and paramesonephric ducts of male and female rat fetuses from the age of 15 days until birth. Immunocytochemistry revealed a collagen-poor mesenchymal area around the genital ducts and in continuation with the coelomic epithelium on the lateral edge of the mesonephric ridge of 15-day-old fetuses. Ultrastructurally, collagen fibrils were accumulated along the continuous lamina densa of the mesonephric ducts, whereas they were absent on the medial side of the male and female paramesonephric ducts. In males, the amount of collagen fibrils increased with the histological maturation of the mesenchyme around the mesonephric duct, whereas around the regressing paramesonephric duct collagens disappeared from the basement membrane region and the surrounding mesenchyme of the 16-day-old male duct. After the completion of the paramesonephric regression, the mesenchyme acquired a uniformly collagen containing interstitial matrix. In females, the collagens increased in the mesenchyme around the progressing paramesonephric duct, and the original site of the regressing mesonephric duct became occupied with a collagen-containing mesenchyme by the age of 19 days. The results suggest a close structural linkage between the mesonephric duct and the established early paramesonephric duct. The differences in the developmental maturation of the periductal mesenchyme and the observed changes in the composition of the interstitial matrix probably reflect the functional differences in the regulatory factors acting on the progression and regression of the male and female genital ducts. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental changes in the profiles of dyscalculia: an explanation based on a double exact-and-approximate number representation model
Noël, Marie-Pascale; Rousselle, Laurence ULg

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2011), 5

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See detailDevelopmental changes of thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Mariavelle, Emeline ULg; Silvestre, Frédéric et al

Poster (2013)

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies and such investigations have begun to focus on potential disruption of the thyroid axis. However, normal levels of thyroxin (T4) and 3,5,3’ ... [more ▼]

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies and such investigations have begun to focus on potential disruption of the thyroid axis. However, normal levels of thyroxin (T4) and 3,5,3’-triiodothyronine (T3) and their developmental patterns are unknown. This study set out to determine the profiles of whole-body thyroxin (T4) and 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) levels during the development of sheepshead minnow from embryo to juvenile and adults. Couples of three females and two males were placed in breeding chambers designed for this experiment. More than 1000 eggs were collected and maintained in seawater. Embryos were selected under a dissection microscope and placed in incubation dishes (50 per dish) at 25°C. On day 8, embryos hatched and larvae were transferred to 1L beakers. For one week after hatching, larvae were fed on artemias and from 8 to 30 days post-hatch they were fed on flaked fish food. Embryos were sampled on day 0, 2, 4, 6 post-fertilization and larvae and juveniles were sampled every three days from day 0 to 28 days post-hatch. The pooled samples were taken from several incubation dishes and divided in three replicate batches of 30 individuals. Enzyme-linked immunoassay were used and validated for analysis of T4 and T3 after extraction from whole fish. At each sampling point 5 individuals were placed in formalin fixative for histology. Length and body mass were measured. Hatching success, gross in vivo observations, thyroid hormone levels and histology data will be determined and discussed in the framework to characterize the profiles of thyroid hormone levels during the development of sheepshead minnow from embryo to adult. This study establishes a baseline for thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnows, which will be vital for the understanding of thyroid hormone functions and in future studies of thyroid toxicants in this species. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental defects and rescue from glucose intolerance of a catalytically-inactive novel Ship2 mutant mouse
Dubois, E; Jacoby, M; Blockmans, M et al

in Cellular Signalling (2012), 24

The function of the phosphoinositide 5-phosphatase Ship2 was investigated in a new mouse model expressing a germline catalytically-inactive Ship2∆/∆ mutant protein. Ship2∆/∆ mice were viable with defects ... [more ▼]

The function of the phosphoinositide 5-phosphatase Ship2 was investigated in a new mouse model expressing a germline catalytically-inactive Ship2∆/∆ mutant protein. Ship2∆/∆ mice were viable with defects in somatic growth and in development of muscle, adipose tissue and female genital tract. Lipid metabolism and insulin secretion were also affected in these mice, but glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and insulin-induced PKB phosphorylation were not. We expected that the expression of the catalytically inactive Ship2 protein in PI 3’-kinase-defective p110αD933A/+ mice would counterbalance the phenotypes of parental mice by restoring normal PKB signaling but, for most of the parameters tested, this was not the case. Indeed, often, the Ship2∆/∆ phenotype had a dominant effect over the p110αD933A/+ phenotype and, sometimes, there was a surprising additive effect of both mutations. p110αD933A/+Ship2∆/∆ mice still displayed a reduced PKB phosphorylation in response to insulin, compared to wild type mice yet had a normal glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, like the Ship2∆/∆ mice. Together, our results suggest that the Ship2∆/∆ phenotype is not dependent on an overstimulated class I PI 3-kinase-PKB signaling pathway and thus, indirectly, that it may be more dependent on the lack of Ship2-produced phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate and derived phosphoinositides. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental defects in zebrafish for classification of EGF pathway inhibitors.
Pruvot, Benoist ULg; Curé, Yoann ULg; Djiotsa, Joachim et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (2014), 274

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See detailDevelopmental differences in ethanol-induced sensitization using postweanling, adolescent, and adult Swiss mice
Quoilin, Caroline ULg; Didone, Vincent ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg et al

in Psychopharmacology (2012), 219

Rationale: The maturing adolescent brain has been suggested to be more sensitive than the adult brain to ethanol-induced neuroadaptations. In animal studies, sensitization to the stimulant effects of ... [more ▼]

Rationale: The maturing adolescent brain has been suggested to be more sensitive than the adult brain to ethanol-induced neuroadaptations. In animal studies, sensitization to the stimulant effects of ethanol is used to study the vulnerability to chronic ethanol-induced neurobehavioral alterations. Objectives: The aim of the present study was to systematically characterize age-dependent changes in the development and expression of the sensitization to the stimulant effects of a range of ethanol doses in female Swiss mice. Three ages were studied: 21-day-old mice (postweanlings), 35-day-old mice (adolescents), and 63-day-old mice (adults). Methods: Postweanling, adolescent, and adult mice were daily injected with saline or various ethanol doses (1.5 to 4 g/kg) for 7 days. They were then tested for acute and sensitized locomotor activity. Results: Postweanling and adolescent mice were more sensitive than adult mice to the acute stimulant effects of ethanol. In adult mice, daily injections of ethanol at doses between 2.5 and 4 g/kg led to significant sensitization. Higher ethanol doses (3.5 and 4 g/kg) were required to induce sensitization in postweanling and adolescent mice. However, younger mice showed ethanol sensitization of higher magnitude. Conclusions: Young mice develop very strong ethanol sensitization at doses that mimic binge drinking in humans. These results might explain why early ethanol drinking during adolescence is related to a higher prevalence of subsequent alcohol disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental differences in the procedural learning of a perceptual-motor skill
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Catale, Corinne ULg; Merbah, Sarah ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 27)

It is generally admitted that procedural learning is efficient early in childhood. However, few studies have brought empirical data confirming this assumption, and many questions remain regarding the ... [more ▼]

It is generally admitted that procedural learning is efficient early in childhood. However, few studies have brought empirical data confirming this assumption, and many questions remain regarding the cognitive mechanisms that sustain procedural learning in children. The aim of our study was to investigate whether perceptual-motor procedural learning was present to the same extent in 7-, 10-year-old children and in adults. We also examined the role of executive functions, working memory, general intelligence, and motor ability during the learning process. A total of 76 subjects divided into 3 age-groups were tested. The task included 4 blocks of 3 trials during which each subject had to trace the contour of a triangle with an inverted computer mouse. Analyses show an important difference between groups in the initial phase of the learning process. They also reveal that executive functions intervene during the first learning phase, which might explain the observed age effect. In addition, results show significant but different learning effects for the procedural task: while the improvement was equivalent between 10-year-olds and adults, 7-year-old children showed a greater learning slope than the other groups; despite their slowness during the first blocks, younger children showed an equivalent performance at the end of the learning phase. These results suggest that, if executive processes are important during the first learning steps, they are not a “necessary condition” for motor skill learning to occur. The role of compensatory strategies sustaining learning in younger children is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental disturbance of access to biographical information and people's names: A single-case study
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Schweich, M.

in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (1995), 1(6), 589-595

The paper describes the case of a person (GB) without any clinical evidence of cerebral disease who showed a specific impairment in the retrieval of biographical information, including names, about famous ... [more ▼]

The paper describes the case of a person (GB) without any clinical evidence of cerebral disease who showed a specific impairment in the retrieval of biographical information, including names, about famous people. This deficit appeared while GB scored normally in different long-term memory tasks, and in object naming tasks. Moreover, he showed no impairment in the structural encoding and the recognition of faces. His specific impairment is interpreted both in terms of Bruce and Young's (1986) functional model of person recognition and in terms of the more recent Burton et al. (1990) interactive activation version of the Bruce and Young model. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental evolution in the distribution of radial glial fiber growth cones in the murine cerebral wall
Takahashi, T.; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg; Caviness, V. S.

in Neuroscience (1989)

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See detailDevelopmental Invariance in Implicit Sequence Learning
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Wansard, Murielle ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

Poster (2014, April 05)

This study was intended to test the age invariance hypothesis on implicit learning abilities using the serial reaction time paradigm and focusing on the comparison of second-order conditional (SOC ... [more ▼]

This study was intended to test the age invariance hypothesis on implicit learning abilities using the serial reaction time paradigm and focusing on the comparison of second-order conditional (SOC) sequences of two different lengths (8 and 12 elements). A total of 128 participants from 4 age groups (4 years, 7 years, 10 years, and adults) were tested. The results showed significant and similar learning effects in 4-, 7-, and 10-year-old children, as well as adults. The learning effect was more pronounced for the 8-element sequence than for the 12-element sequence for all age groups, suggesting that the shorter sequence was better learned than the longer one. In addition, the degree of explicit sequence awareness was comparable between age groups and sequence lengths. These results, showing that 4-year-old children are able to learn 8- and 12-element-long SOC sequences as well as adults, provide further support for the hypothesis that implicit learning abilities are developmentally invariant. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental Neurobiology and the physiopathology of brain injury
Moonen, Gustave ULg; Delrée, Paul; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Stein, Don; Sabel, Bernhard (Eds.) Pharmacological approaches to the treatment of brain and spinal cord injury (1988)

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See detailDevelopmental profiles of GFAP-positive astrocytes in sheep cerebellum
Salouci, Moustafa ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 16)

Astroglial cells make up the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the CNS. Defects in the development of these cells may induce various ... [more ▼]

Astroglial cells make up the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the CNS. Defects in the development of these cells may induce various neurodegenerative disorders and result in neural disease. The aim of this study is to investigate the normal development of astrocytes in sheep in various zones of the cerebellum during the different stages of gestation. 19 ovine fetuses, one lamb in the first postnatal week and three adult sheep. Sections of the cerebellum were embedded in paraffin and processed for immunohistochemistry for GFAP. The current study indicates that the first appearance of astrocytes occurs around the 8th week of gestation from restricted zones in the cerebellum. Bergmann cells were present around the 15th week of gestation. Our findings suggest that the maturation of astrocytes begins in the caudal parts of the cerebellum from their initial ventral regions to dorsal regions radially within the white matter followed by the more rostral parts of the cerebellum and that the astrocytes proliferate in the vermis before the cerebellar hemispheres. Our study provide a bases for future studies focusing on the pathological changes in the CNS of both human and sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental profiles of GFAP-positive astrocytes in sheep cerebellum
Salouci, Moustafa ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (2014)

Astroglial account for the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the central nervous system (CNS). An immunohistochemical study was performed in ... [more ▼]

Astroglial account for the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the central nervous system (CNS). An immunohistochemical study was performed in 19 ovine foetuses ranging from two to five months of gestation, one newborn lamb and three adult sheep. Using the anit-glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) marker, several variations were found in the degree of GFAP positive (GFAP+) astrocyte distribution between the different zones in the cerebellum of sheep during brain development. Our study indicates that the first appearance of astrocytes from restricted zones in the cerebellum occurs around the eighth week of gestation. Bergmann cells were found to be present from around the 15th week of gestation onwards. Our findings suggest that the maturation of astrocytes begins in the caudal parts of the cerebellum, developing from their initial ventral regions to spread first to dorsal regions radially within the white matter, then followed by the more rostral parts of the cerebellum. Astrocytes were also found to proliferate in the vermis before appearing in the cerebellar hemispheres. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental regulation of beta-carboline-induced inhibition of glycine-evoked responses depends on glycine receptor beta subunit expression
Mangin, Jean-Marie; Nguyen, Laurent ULg; Gougnard, Catherine et al

in Molecular Pharmacology (2005), 67(5), 1783-1796

In this work, we show that beta-carbolines, which are known negative allosteric modulators of GABA A receptors, inhibit glycine-induced currents of embryonic mouse spinal cord and hippocampal neurons. In ... [more ▼]

In this work, we show that beta-carbolines, which are known negative allosteric modulators of GABA A receptors, inhibit glycine-induced currents of embryonic mouse spinal cord and hippocampal neurons. In both cell types, beta-carboline-induced inhibition of glycine receptor (GlyR)-mediated responses decreases with time in culture. Single-channel recordings show that the major conductance levels of GlyR unitary currents shifts from high levels (>= 50 pS) in 2 to 3 days in vitro (DIV) neurons to low levels (< 50 pS) in 11 to 14 DIV neurons, assessing the replacement of functional homomeric GlyR by heteromeric GlyR. In cultured spinal cord neurons, the disappearance of beta-carboline inhibition of glycine responses and high conductance levels is almost complete in mature neurons, whereas a weaker decrease in beta-carboline-evoked glycine response inhibition and high conductance level proportion is observed in hippocampal neurons. To confirm the hypothesis that the decreased sensitivity of GlyR to beta-carbolines depends on beta subunit expression, Chinese hamster ovary cells were permanently transfected either with GlyR alpha 2 subunit alone or in combination with GlyR beta subunit. Single-channel recordings revealed that the major conductance levels shifted from high levels (>= 50 pS) in GlyR-alpha 2-transfected cells to low levels (< 50 pS) in GlyR-alpha 2-containing cells. Consistently, both picrotoxinand beta-carboline-induced inhibition of glycine-gated currents were significantly decreased in GlyR-alpha 2-transfected cells compared with GlyR-alpha 2-containing cells. In summary, we demonstrate that the incorporation of beta subunits in GlyRs confers resistance not only to picrotoxin but also to beta-carbolineinduced inhibition. Furthermore, we also provide evidence that hippocampal neurons undergo in vitro a partial maturation process of their GlyR-mediated responses. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental Regulation of Neuroligand-Induced Responses in Cultured Oligodendroglia
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Rigo, Jean-Michel et al

in Neuroreport (1998), 9(6), 973-80

Using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, we show that oligosphere-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OP) display GABA-, glutamate-, 5-HT-, glycine- and acetylcholine-gated inward currents. When OP ... [more ▼]

Using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, we show that oligosphere-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OP) display GABA-, glutamate-, 5-HT-, glycine- and acetylcholine-gated inward currents. When OP differentiate into oligodendrocytes (ODC), the amplitude of peak currents elicited by saturating concentrations of these transmitters decreases except for 5-HT. Intracellular Ca2+ concentration changes induced by microperfusion of glutamate, 5-HT, TRH, met-enkephalin and substance P were monitored using a fluo-3-based calcium imaging system. When OP cells differentiate into ODC, a global decrease of the proportion of responding cells is observed. During type-2 astrocytes commitment, this proportion decreases for 5-HT, TRH- and metenkephalin stimulations whereas it remains constant for substance P and glutamate. These data demonstrate a development regulation of neurotransmitter- and neuropeptide-induced responses within the oligodendroglial lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental regulation of the composite CAG promoter activity in the murine T lymphocyte cell lineage.
Baup, D.; Moser, M.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg et al

in Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000) (2009), 47

Promoter selection is of utmost importance for the study of in vivo gene function using transgenic models. In the present study, we have analyzed the expression of the GFP marker under the control of the ... [more ▼]

Promoter selection is of utmost importance for the study of in vivo gene function using transgenic models. In the present study, we have analyzed the expression of the GFP marker under the control of the composite CAG promoter in the lymphoid compartment of several transgenic mouse strains. Despite the ability of the CAG promoter to drive gene expression in almost all tissues examined to date, its activity appears to be developmentally regulated within the T lymphocyte cell lineage. In particular, CD4 and CD8-expressing, thymic immature T cells displayed lower levels of the GFP marker when compared with both bone marrow precursors and mature circulating T cells, suggesting a transient downregulation of CAG activity during T cell development. Alternative promoters may therefore be preferred for the study of T cell development in vivo using a transgenic approach. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental role of thymic neuroendocrine-related self-peptides
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Conference (1997, June)

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